Syrian president’s mother dies at 86

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Damascus, Feb 7 (IANS) The mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad died on Saturday at the age of 86.

Anisah Makhlouf, born in Syria’s coastal city of Latakia in 1930, married late President Hafez al-Assad in 1957 when he was a first lieutenant, Xinhua quoted a report by state news agency SANA as saying.

Makhlouf was interested in women issues and visited many foreign countries with her late husband when he took to office in 1971.

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